The Smiths

The Smiths

This post is guest authored by Andrew Lovelady from IT Services. If you’ve got something of interest, get in touch.

While preparing for the interview for my current job I searched the internet for Edge Hill College. In amongst the information useful for the interview was a review of The Smiths playing at Edge Hill on Friday 18 November 1983. This was a couple of weeks after the release of their second single “This Charming Man”. The record was slowly climbing the charts and a week later they appeared on Top of the Pops for the first time. The set was a good mix of their early singles and tracks off their debut LP which was released in spring 1984.

  • Handsome Devil
  • Still Ill
  • This Charming Man
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves
  • This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  • What Difference Does It Make?
  • Wonderful Woman
  • Hand In Glove
  • Reel Around The Fountain
  • Miserable Lie
  • encores
  • You’ve Got Everything Now
  • This Charming Man

According to Simon Goddard in his “The Smiths – Songs that saved your life”, this was the last time that Wonderful Woman – one of the b sides of This Charming Man 12 inch– was played live. Another literary mention of the gig appears in Stuart Maconie’s “Cider with Roadies”. Both books warmly recommended.

On This Day 1963: Beatlemania Hits Ormskirk

Beatles 1963

Forty-seven years ago the biggest band in the world visited Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus for an intimate gig at the Student Union bar. Few photos or other details of the night remain but if you were there, share your memories in the comments!

Update: okay, maybe this isn’t quite true but soon we’ll have a guest post about a band which really did play at Edge Hill College!

Edgehill Studios Cafe

In Edgehill Village, Nashville Tennessee there’s a coffee shop where everybody knows your name: Edgehill Studios Cafe.

Edgehill Studios constantly crop up on my Twitter alerts (even more often than the Groove Armada song!) with people going down for a coffee or to see some live music. One such alert popped up this morning so
thanks to the wonders of YouTube and Spanish-language television you can see what it’s like to watch a gig at Edgehill Studios Cafe:

It seems Edgehill have the opposite problem to the University as former employee, Mark Kelly Hall explains:

I worked at a cafe just off Music Row called Edgehill Studios Cafe for a couple of years, getting the word out about the place and its events through music listings, printed calendars, flyers, radio spots and the ever-changing PowerPoint presentation running on the flatscreen TV behind the counter.

It was an ongoing effort (and often a losing battle) to get people to say the name, the whole name, and nothing but the name of the cafe. Especially one of the original owners (a big-idea guy). Sure, as long as we all knew what we were talking about, fine, but effective branding is essential, as any marketing novice or Disney employee will tell you, so name consistency kind of, uh, matters.

One day we heard from someone who had tried to find us by calling information and they were told we weren’t listed. Then I noticed we were listed in the phone book as Edge Hill (2 words) Studios Cafe. Which explains the EH logo (which, I was told, was given about a day’s worth of design consideration–not enough, people). I couldn’t help but think that if I’d only been there at the beginning, I could’ve prevented some confusion. My strong recommendation would have been to drop the “studios” altogether; even though it supported the cool concept of a multifaceted creative space…it also no doubt confused people, given our aforementioned location off Music Row (where there are a remarkable number of recording “studios”). And we got one inquiry from someone looking for living space (another kind of “studio”). Or maybe they would’ve ignored me altogether, I don’t know.

Rushworth & Dreaper


You know when you go to places like Alton Towers and they try to sell you an over-priced photo of you with your eyes closed on a roller coaster? I assumed that was a relatively recent phenomenon and restricted to the tackier side of entertainment attractions, but it seems I was wrong…

Taken during a visit to the Rushworth & Dreaper Collection of Antique Musical Instruments, 13 Islington Liverpool.

Rushworth & Dreaper 1928

Students of Edge Hill Training College. 30th May 1928

It seems it was so much fun they had to go back a few years later:

Rushworth & Dreaper 1931

Miss Deakin & Students, Edge Hill Training College. 17th June 1931

And by then it was a regular visit out:

Rushworth & Dreaper 1932

Miss M. Deakin & Students, Edge Hill Training College. 6th June 1932

Edge Hill, Groove Armada

Groove Armada

It’s time to start a new series of posts that will run over the next few months.  This one will look into some of the other Edge Hills and Edgehills that are out there.  First up is one that regularly crops up on my Twitter search for “Edge Hill”, the song by popular beat combo Groove Armada.

According to Wikipedia (so it must be true, right?) Edge Hill is from the 2001 album Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) and featured in the Tomb Raider movie.

You might be able to find the song on YouTube but since they’re of questionable legality I’ll just link through to the Spotify track – contact me if you want an invite.